How to join

Why participate and collaborate with the CRCWSC

The outputs of the CRCWSC will guide capital investments of more than $100 billion by the Australian water sector and more than $500 billion of private sector investment in urban development over the next 15 years.

Participation and collaboration with the CRCWSC provides a unique opportunity to:

  • Access world-leading thought leadership and knowledge. Participants, for example:
    • have timely access to interdisciplinary research excellence and credible science across related contexts and topics;
    • have direct access to world leading experts and institutions that are driving industry change by drawing on the very latest knowledge and international experience;
    • can access the synthesis of critical findings suitable for application within local contexts as they are being developed; and
    • access to knowledge and evidence to inform policy and planning and growth management solutions.
  • Drive innovation in the urban water management and development sectors. Participants receive privileged involvement in the:
    • development of tools and frameworks to support informed decision making across the dimensions of sustainability, resilience and liveability; and
    • testing of ideas and policy concepts in a low-risk, safe environment.
  • Access independence of opinion. The CRCWSC supports participants by:
    • supporting organisations to establish confidence in policy development and strategic direction;
    • working alongside experts to build institutional and organisation capacity to implement innovation and service improvement;
    • informing and influencing key stakeholders to ensure strong collaboration and common direction; and
    • independent monitoring and evaluation of CRCWSC technologies and strategies.
  • Enjoy privileged access to and training in the use of world leading modelling and decision support tools for delivering integrated outcomes that link the various functions and benefits of water in the urban environment.

The CRCWSC places a strong emphasis on working with industry partners to apply the knowledge by undertaking local relevant research synthesis activities.   These synthesis activities are hosted by our industry participants and have been very successful in demonstrating the adaptation and application of knowledge in local context-specific case studies.

Local government case study example:

Helping to deliver a vision for the City

The CRCWSC currently provides a unique pathway and resource to assist the Council:

  • Respond to current and future knowledge gaps in relation to how the City can optimise urban population growth and densification, manage water in a changing uncertain climate and contribute to the city’s and region’s economic growth.
  • Identify the processes and pathways to drive positive change within the urban land development and water management sector through the provision of the latest technological advancements, innovative land planning and design solutions, and organisational change strategies.
  • Facilitate adoption of the City’s Vision and innovation in industry by building capacity and capability to implement water sensitive city outcomes through the provision of targeted capacity building programs and building essential partnerships and networks between Council, experts and industry.

The City’s vision demonstrates a commitment to achieving many principles common to achieving a water sensitive city. In relation to the City Vision, the CRCWSC is identifying the pathways for change and technologies that will enable local governments and other industry stakeholders realise their water sensitive city vision. It will also deliver the practical tools and solutions to overcome current barriers and blockages. The CRCWSC is working with the Council to:

  • Calculate the multiple market and non-market benefits of investing in green infrastructure and street trees to mitigate the effects of increasing urban heat associated with densification and climate impacts.
  • Design urban open space, green space and transport corridors to provide for effective water management, diverse recreational uses and socio-environmental outcomes.
  • Build the economic growth of local communities that is underpinned by an understanding of value of green infrastructure, natural assets, integrated planning and whole of water cycle management.
  • Work with the urban land development industry to develop practical, cost-effective strategies to mitigate the impact of urban densification on the environment and communities while maximising liveability, resilience and sustainability.
  • Develop affordable technologies for reusing stormwater to enable its local fit-for-purpose use.
  • Develop integrated outcomes that link the various functions and benefits of water in the city region.
  • Develop strategies to meaningfully engage with industry and the broader community in designing cities and regions in the context of an uncertain future.
  • Create strategies to support the advancement of community behaviours consistent with living in a water sensitive city.

Urban development case study example:

The CRCWSC in collaboration with the local water utilities, the City Council and the state government, facilitated a two-day design charrette as part of the CRCWSC research synthesis program.

The site is a major regional urban development project. The scale, exceeding 5000 hectares and containing 55,000 new dwellings, of the project afford a unique opportunity to apply new approaches to water servicing that are outlined in the State Government’s Water Strategy. These initiatives will actively contribute to the region’s liveability whilst simultaneously demonstrating economic value and provide secure water services to these new communities.

In this regard, the urban development was seen as an opportunity to test the application of new urban water management technologies at a range of scales. It also enabled the integration of state government, local government and private sector interests to test the application of novel implementation approaches in urban water management.

For the CRCWSC, this project provided an opportunity to apply the emerging knowledge in a case study that can directly benefit our industry partners and stakeholders including the state government, utilities and local government.

Invitation to prospective collaborators and participants

In keeping with our vision, the CRCWSC is focussed on ensuring industry adoption of its research outputs and therefore have formed partnerships with organisations across the public, private and tertiary education sectors, particularly state and local government organisations.

The CRCWSC has two groups of participants - Essential Participants and Other Participants.


Essential Participants

Essential Participants are those organisations that provide essential support (including cash and/or in-kind contributions) for the activities of the CRCWSC and these organisations are generally divided into two sectors, namely industry and government organisations, and research organisations.

The threshold annual cash and in-kind contributions from Essential Participants vary from cash and in-kind resources in excess of $500,000pa to a minimum cash contribution of $100,000pa.

To discuss how you can join as an Essential Participant contact CRCWSC Chief Executive Tony Wong, on or phone the head office on +61 (03) 9902 4985.

View current Essential Participants.

The CRCWSC aims to play a catalytic role in reshaping how urban form and water are viewed and managed. Every effort is made to work with policy leaders and senior decision makers to support the process of policy and institutional reform to ensure water sensitive city outcomes are realised.

Other Participants

Other Participants constitute the majority of participating organisations in the CRCWSC. There are three broad types of participating organisations:

Australian and state government departments and water authorities and agencies

Participation in the CRCWSC would normally involve a minimum cash contribution of the order of $50,000pa and a notional in-kind contribution of an equivalent to 0.1FTE (i.e. attendance of CRCWSC workshops). There may be unique circumstances where a lower level of contribution would be accepted.

Local governments. We encourage local government participation involving a minimum cash contribution of $10,000pa and a notional in-kind contribution of an equivalent to 0.1FTE (i.e. to support attendance of CRCWSC workshops) and to support the research activities of the CRCWSC. Some local governments have provided more resources because of the strategic alignment of CRCWSC projects to their respective needs while other local governments have formed consortia with respective minimum annual contributions of $10,000/member organisation.

Private industry and business. The participation of industry and business is key to the adoption of the CRCWSC knowledge and tools. This participation will position them at the forefront of knowledge and thought-leadership and support business development opportunities. Participation in the CRCWSC would normally, for international and national organisations, involve a minimum cash contribution of $50,000pa and a notional in-kind contribution of an equivalent to 0.1FTE. For regional and local scale organisations involve a minimum cash contribution of $10,000pa and a notional in-kind contribution of an equivalent to 0.1FTE.

To discuss how you can join as an Other Participant contact CRCWSC Research Adoption Executive, Barry Ball via email at or phone the head office on +61 (03) 9902 4985.

View current Other Participants.

Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Associate Partners

Small and medium sized enterprises (SME) can join the CRCWSC via membership subscription to the CRCWSC. Subscription rates are based on the number of professional employees of individual SMEs, ranging from an entry level subscription of $2,500pa for SMEs of 10 or less professional employees to $20,000pa for SMEs with over 150 professional employees.

The focus of SME participation is to position them at the forefront of knowledge and thought-leadership and to support their commercial endeavours through access to, and training in application of, the outputs of the CRCWSC. SME Associate Partners have the same opportunity as Other Participants to work on the Regional Projects.

To view the subscription rates and conditions download the prospectus  or an Application for SME Associate Membership form.

To discuss how you can join as an SME Associate Partner contact CRCWSC Executive Manager – Adoption, Barry Ball on or phone the head office on +61 (03) 9902 4985.

Last updated: 6th Dec 2017